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Lekker Sokkie & Picnic

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EVENT DETAILS & LOCATION

Event Date 02-Sep-2017 18:00
Location Virginia Water Community Association

Bring jou piekniek mandjie en kom sluit by ons aan vir ‘n gesellige aand van dans en kuier. Die dans baan staan reg vir al die uitgehongerde Suid Afrikaners wat bietjie ‘n draaitjie wil kom gooi.

Toegang is gratis – bring net jou eie drink- en eetgoed.

Bring your picnic basket and come and join us for a pleasant evening of dance and get together. The dance floor is ready to receive all those hungry South Africans that would like to bust a few moves.

Entry is free – just bring your own beverages and nibbles.


30/08/2017 |

InterNations London “Summer Happiness” Social @ DSTRKT Lounge.

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Hosted by the London Ambassador

OFFICIAL EVENT

Starts in 2 days
Sat 19 Aug 19:00 – 23:00

DSTRKT Lounge
9 Rupert St, London W1D 6DG
London

Ready to Join?

We are excited to invite you to the next InterNations London “Summer Happiness” Social at trendy DSTRKT lounge, London Club & Bar Awards 2016 winner. Join us for socializing with expats, global minds and like-minded people in the West End! Let’s mingle in a cosmopolitan atmosphere in a light music background. Welcome to stay for the club night!

Dress to impress (smart, business, glamorous). Government-issued ID is required for entry (no entry without ID). The club offers one welcome drink for guests arriving between 19:00 to 20:00. The welcome desk closes 21:00, please arrive until then (all late arrivals at or after 21:00 are 15 GBP guest price for everyone).

Make sure to sign up to benefit from the reduced guest list prices! You’re welcome to come with friends (15 GBP for guests if not signed up).


17/08/2017 |

Bristol Summer Braai – The Riverside Inn

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EVENT DETAILS & LOCATION

Event Date 12-Aug-2017 12:00
Location The Riverside Inn

DATE: 29 July 2017

TIME: 12:00 till 17:00

VENUE: in the picnic area just past The Riverside Inn.

Boerewors, Braai Packs, Pap en Sous, soft drinks on sale

Bring your own drinks, salads, braiibroodjies,
games, and family and friends!

Fires ready from 1pm


09/08/2017 |

Make sure that Stonehenge is on your list of places to go with the kids in Wiltshire.

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Located near Salisbury in the Wiltshire countryside, it is an iconic symbol of Britain and the South West. Any visit to the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site should include this world-famous Stone Circle.

Dating back 4,500 years, the true meaning of this awe-inspiring creation remains a mystery. Many theories have been put forward – who could have built it, when and for what purpose? Was it a temple for sun worship, a healing centre, a burial site or perhaps a huge calendar?

How did our ancestors carry the mighty stones from so far away and then, using only the most primitive of tools, build this amazing structure?

It appears that Stonehenge is not an isolated monument, but one part of an extraordinary landscape of early Neolithic, late Neolithic and early Bronze Age monuments, giving insight into ceremonial and mortuary practices at that time.

Two types of stone were used and brought from great distances – probably South Wales and near Marlborough, each stone weighing 2-5 tons. This makes the last remaining lintelled Stone Circle in the world a masterpiece of engineering.

For some it is a wonder of the world, for others a deeply spiritual place.

The visitor centre houses permanent and temporary exhibitions and goes some way to explaining the different theories, one being that it was a temple aligned with the sun’s movements. Atmospheric audio-visual experiences help to bring the past alive.

Children will be fascinated by the Neolithic Houses, imagining life at that time. There may also be demonstrations of ancient domestic skills. Families with older children in particular may enjoy exploring the ancient landscape surrounding Stonehenge so pack your walking boots and allow plenty of time for your visit.

Audio tours help visitors make the most of their visit. A free tour is available for download in advance or tours can be hired on arrival. There is an audio tour especially for families. Just see the website to find out more.

A free shuttle bus operates between the Visitor Centre and the Stones themselves. Advanced booking is recommended.

Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.


02/08/2017 |

Shaka Zulu – be treated like a King the South African way !!

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Shaka Zulu, London’s largest South African restaurant, opened its doors in August 2010 with a special royal blessing from the Zulu King, HRH Goodwill Zwelithini.

Set over a groundbreaking 27,000 sq ft in The Stables Market, Camden this spectacular two floor restaurant, bar and club offers amazing food, drinks, live music, dancing and daytime family entertainment.

The lower floor of this stunning venue is complemented by a display of 20ft high warrior statues and the Mezzanine level offers a champagne bar and cocktail lounge overlooking the stunning braai restaurant.

Carved wooden murals cover every inch of Shaka Zulu’s walls and ceiling making it a beautiful space to host private events and parties.


24/05/2017 |

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: enter the magical world of Harry Potter and friends

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: enter the magical world of Harry and his friends

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Harry Potter™ film series with the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Enjoy round-trip transport from central London to the Harry Potter film studio to enter the magical world of Harry and his friends.

You’ll see how the movies were created as you tour the real movie sets, admire the costumes and props, and learn about the special effects and animatronics used to create the films’ stunning visuals. Explore the Great Hall, pose next to the original ‘Hogwarts Express,’ set foot down Diagon Alley and more.

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Highlights
– All entrance fees included
– Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
– Family friendly
– Ideal choice for families
– Popular choice with kids

Board a double-decker bus in central London and drive 17 miles (27 km) northwest to the English borough of Hertfordshire. Arrive in the town of Watford, home to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, where you’ll witness the legendary Harry Potter film series come to life.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: enter the magical world of Harry Potter and friends

Set off independently to explore the real sets used in these iconic movies. Imagine walking side-by-side with Harry, Ron and Hermione as you explore the Great Hall, view Dumbledore’s office and stroll down Diagon Alley, featuring the storefronts of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.

Admire the costumes and props used by Harry and his counterparts, and learn about the special effects and makeup that brought magical characters such as Dobby and the Death Eaters to life. Remember to bring your camera — there are exciting photo opportunities around every corner.

Cap your visit at Platform 9 ¾, where you can get a glimpse into how some the film’s most iconic scenes were created. Pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall, and get up close to the original Hogwarts Express steam engine. Marvel as steam billows from the 78-year-old engine and admire the platform’s glass roof, yellow brick walls and luggage racks.

On your drive back to London, sit back and reminisce on your fantastic day in the magical world of Harry Potter…

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13/04/2017 |

Weekly Travel Update to get around London this weekend, 11-12 March

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London Bus

This weekend, 11-12 March, with only four London Underground lines affected by planned works, most of the network will be open with services running as normal. Please check if any of the following affect you.

London Underground

Circle line

There will be no service between Hammersmith and Aldgate, via King’s Cross St. Pancras, while we test new signalling and replace track at Farringdon and Liverpool Street. A 10 minute service will run between Aldgate and Edgware Road, via Victoria.

District line

Trains will not run between:
• Aldgate East and West Ham
• Edgware Road and High Street Kensington
• Earl’s Court and Kensington (Olympia)
This is to allow us to test new signalling, as well as Crossrail construction work at Whitechapel.

Hammersmith & City line

There will be no service between Edgware Road and Barking while we test new signalling and replace track at Farringdon and Liverpool Street, as well as Crossrail construction work at Whitechapel.

Metropolitan line

Trains will not run between Baker Street and Aldgate. This is while we test new signalling and replace track at Farringdon and Liverpool Street.

 

London Overground

All weekend there will be no service between the following stations:
• Romford and Upminster, due to Crossrail construction work and Network Rail infrastructure work
• Highbury & Islington and Shadwell due to Crossrail construction work
• Surrey Quays and New Cross due to Crossrail construction work and Thameslink programme work

On Sunday there will be no service between Camden Road and Stratford due to bridge replacement work at Highbury Corner and Network Rail station work at Hackney Wick.

From Monday to Thursday next week, trains will not run between Hackney Downs and Chingford after 22:30, due to Network Rail track work.

 

DLR

There will be no service between Bow Church and Stratford all weekend. This is for Crossrail construction work at Pudding Mill Lane.

TfL Rail

All weekend, trains will not run on the entire line. This is while Network Rail carry out track and station improvements as part of their Railway Upgrade Plan, as well as Crossrail construction work.

There is no service between Brentwood and Shenfield until late May. This is while Network Rail carry out major work at Shenfield to upgrade tracks, signalling and overhead lines.

For the latest status update on London Overground, DLR and TfL Rail this weekend, including a map of closures, please click here

 

Emirates Air Line

From Monday until Sunday next week, the Emirates Air Line will be closed for planned maintenance work.

 

Buses

Bus users may be affected by the following this weekend. While we will try to maintain a good service, buses may be delayed or stop short of their normal destination:

Central London – Until 16:00 today, Thursday, extensive road closures are in place for a ceremonial event. For a full list of closures, please click here

Hanger Lane – Various lane restrictions are in place between 22:00 and 05:00 each night until 23 March in all directions on North Circular Road at the Hanger Lane roundabout. This is for junction improvement works.

Twickenham – From 11:30 until 20:30 on Saturday, roads in the area will be busier than usual, including A316 Chertsey Road, all roads leading to Twickenham station, and around the stadium. This is for an event. London Road, Whitton Road and Rugby Road will be closed before and after the event.

Central London – From 13:00 until 16:00 on Saturday, roads in the area will be busier than usual and may be subject to closures, including Oxford Street, New Oxford Street, Wardour Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Cockspur Street and Trafalgar Square. This is for a march.

City of London – From 08:00 on Saturday until 05:00 on Monday, there will be lane restrictions on Lower Thames Street between Fish Street Hill and Water Lane. This is for carriageway works. The same works will take place on the following two consecutive weekends.

North London – From 04:45 until 13:45 on Sunday, extensive road closures will be in place in the Barnet, Brent and Wembley areas. This is for a sporting event. For a full list of closures, please click here

To check whether your bus is affected this weekend, please click here

 

Roads

Road users may be affected by the following this weekend:

Central London – Until 16:00 today, Thursday, extensive road closures are in place for a ceremonial event. For a full list of closures, please click here

Hanger Lane – Various lane restrictions are in place between 22:00 and 05:00 each night until 23 March in all directions on North Circular Road at the Hanger Lane roundabout. This is for junction improvement works.

Twickenham – From 11:30 until 20:30 on Saturday, roads in the area will be busier than usual, including A316 Chertsey Road, all roads leading to Twickenham station, and around the stadium. This is for an event. London Road, Whitton Road and Rugby Road will be closed before and after the event.

Central London – From 13:00 until 16:00 on Saturday, roads in the area will be busier than usual and may be subject to closures, including Oxford Street, New Oxford Street, Wardour Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Cockspur Street and Trafalgar Square. This is for a march.

City of London – From 08:00 on Saturday until 05:00 on Monday, there will be lane restrictions on Lower Thames Street between Fish Street Hill and Water Lane. This is for carriageway works. The same works will take place on the following two consecutive weekends.

North London – From 04:45 until 13:45 on Sunday, extensive road closures will be in place in the Barnet, Brent and Wembley areas. This is for a sporting event. For a full list of closures, please click here

 

Santander Cycles

The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:
• Broadwick Street, for utility works
• Kingsway, for repair works
• South Quay West, Bourne Street, Cardinal Place and Foley Street, for building works
• Westfield Eastern Access Road, for site redevelopment
• Rodney Street, for works
• Wellington Street, for site extension

 


09/03/2017 |
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